CBS Corporation (CBS) stock slides, “Hold” rating reiterated by Pivotal Research Analysts

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) shares fell on Friday January 13 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

A Practical Guide to Investing in the Stock Market

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at Pivotal Research in a research note to investors. With a rating of Hold on the stock, CBS Corporation has a 52-week high of $66.88. The one-year price target of $67.03 is higher than the opening price of $62.21, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Usually, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Yesterday CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) shares last traded at $62.32, which is a dip of $0.04 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $62.21, they fluctuated from $62.14 and $62.82 throughout the day.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) currently has a market cap of 26.78B.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,641,249 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 70 percent below normal, out of a total float 387,471,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) have ranged from $41.36 – 66.88, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $63.15 and 200-day MA of $56.59. Today’s last price is 6.82%% lower than the 52 week high of $66.88.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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